CHRISTMAS: Avocado Salad Tree

A delightful Christmas salad. Photo courtesy AvocadoCentral.com.   Holiday buffets will look even more inviting when this pretty Christmas tree-shaped salad is on display. It’s served with a zesty chile vinaigrette dressing for a fiesta of flavor. Prep time is 30 minutes. Use ripe avocados that are a little on the firm side for best…
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STOCKING STUFFER: Bonnie’s Jams

Artisan jams are a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer. Photo courtesy Bonnie’s Jams.   Most people won’t spend $8.99 on a jar of jam, opting for less expensive supermarket varieties that are higher on cloying sugar than on fruit flavor. That’s why artisan jam is such a welcome stocking stuffer or teacher gift. Why…
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FOOD FUN: Popcorn Trees

Fun for decoration, party favors or festive snacks, these Popcorn Trees are easy to make. The recipe is from the National Popcorn Board, which advises that it’s important to use unflavored white popcorn for the best color and flavor. RECIPE: POPCORN TREES Ingredients For 10 Trees 10 cups air-popped white popcorn 1 10-ounce bag miniature…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Chanukah Cocktail

Toast to Chanukah or winter. Photo courtesy SKYY Spirits.   Spell it Chanukah or Hanukkah: The word for the Jewish Festival Of Lights was translitrated from the Hebrew alphabet. The name derives from the Hebrew verb for “to dedicate.” This year, Chanukah begins at sundown on December 16th and ends at sunset on Wednesday, December…
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